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Jan 21, 2012 07:26 AM

Gula melaka?

Southeast Asian trying to make Chinese New Year desserts here. Is there any place to get gula melaka (palm sugar) in Boston area?

The Chinese stores don't seem to have it. Is palm sugar something that Mexicans or some other tropical culture would use that I might be able to find?

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  1. try Indian stores for jaggery/gur

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    1. re: Muchlove

      thanks!! i thought about this, though the one indian store near where i live had only some which was made out of unrefined cane sugar rather than palm sugar :-/

      1. re: yuanzhoulv

        According to some people, jaggery is made from cane sugar and gur is the one made from palm sugar, but I don't think this is actually true as the Hindi speakers I know call it all gur. Labelling can be screwy anyway. What is for certain is that some varieties are made from sugar cane, and others are made from various palms (including date palm which is to DIE for). Anyway, they are very close to the product you are seeking and if you can't find anything else I would say use that.

        I actually find jaggery/gur much more flavourful than the Thai palm sugar I have tried but that may just be my personal preference. Also, I have always been able to get the good softer type in my local Indian shops when I was in th UK, whereas all the Thai stuff was rock solid - but that seemed to be intentional as these Thai shops had very high quality ingredients, native customers and a high turnover.

      1. re: ArlHound

        perfect, i'll go look there, thanks !!

      2. any se asian market will have palm sugar

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        1. re: galangatron

          Yep, definitely seen it at the Battambang Market in Revere. I believe Super 88 is owned by Malaysian Chinese, I would be surprised if it wasn't at the Malden location, but I don't specifically remember it and I haven't been there in a while.

          1. re: lipoff

            They have it in Malden, but I think it's in the aisle labeled "honey." They also put the Korean sweet teas there...seems to be a catchall section. I'm pretty sure I've seen the palm sugar there with the honey and syrups.

        2. A little late to the thread, but pretty sure Kam Man has it in their Southeast Asian aisle. The Cambodian stores in Lowell always have the Thai palm sugar.

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          1. re: qianning

            I was actually at Kam Man just a couple days ago and out of curiosity tried to find palm sugar. I didn't try the Southeast Asian aisle (duh!) but I can assure you that it is definitely, definitely not with the sugars, flours and starches nor is it on the next aisle over with all the honeys. They have quite an array of different sugars though, that's for sure.

            1. re: lipoff

              Pretty (75%) sure it is in the SEA aisle, but haven't bought it there/looked for it in some time, so not positive. Chinese name is 椰子糖.

              1. re: qianning

                Was there yesterday, Kam Man does stock palm sugar. It is in the aisle now called "Thai Food" .